Things To Consider When Replacing Yacht Cordage

Ask yourself why you are replacing your yacht cordage:

  • Is your cordage clean? To clean your cordage place in a washing machine on gentle cycle using a mild detergent and then air dry. If it still looks dirty to you- replace your  cordage.
  • Is your cordage no longer holding in the clutch, winch, or cleat like it used to? Before you proceed make sure it is not the holding device. Test the device by inserting the newest piece of cordage available in the correct diameter and give it a tug on the reverse side.  
  • If sailing wear, tear, and or chafing has taken its toll on your cordage, you may have slippage - time to replace your yacht cordage.

    Information to have before before going Yacht Cordage shopping:

    • Do you prefer color coded lines for easy recognition on your sailboat? Select a variety of different colors for quick identification
    • Do you need soft or hard shackles spliced into the line? What type? Hard shackles or soft dyneema shackles?
    • Do you prefer the bitter end of the line whipped or burned?
    • Do you know the strength needed for the line you are sailing with?
    • Do you know the length of the line you need?
    • Do you know the diameter of the sailing line especially if the line is clutch dependent.
    • Add 5 feet of sailing line if adding a splice.

      Now You are ready to shop for new cordage.

      Tools available for you:

      Rope Finding Tool

      Technical data such as recommended diameters for sheets and halyards